“Plastic Surgery? Like, boob jobs and stuff?”

That is a direct quote from a former coworker of mine when I told her I was leaving emergency medicine to pursue plastic surgery. What do you think of when you hear the words “plastic surgery”? Chances are “boob jobs and stuff” isn’t far off. I’ll be honest, if you asked me what plastic surgery was all about a few years ago, I’d have probably told you the same thing. And hey, it isn’t wrong … but it isn’t comprehensive either.

Plastic surgery covers a very wide range of procedures that cover virtually every inch of the body. Let’s break down some of the sub-specialties of plastic surgery to give you an idea of just how broad this field is. We’ll start with the one everyone knows- cosmetic surgery!

IMG_4283Plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery focus on aesthetic improvement of the face and body. For the breast, popular procedures include breast augmentation, breast lifts, and breast reductions. They do the ever popular “mommy make over”, liposuction, tummy tucks, and body lifts. And of course, surgery to enhance the face with face lifts, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and neck lifts. For those not ready to jump into surgery, there’s always Botox, fillers, lasers, and nonsurgical fat reduction methods.

Cosmetic surgery used to be a taboo, hush hush affair reserved for the rich and famous. Thankfully now it is becoming more and more popular and accepted for the rest of us! While my practice is primarily focused on reconstruction, I love helping patients through the cosmetic surgery process because I have seen it truly transform lives, give back confidence, and lift a burden that previously weighed so heavily on my patients’ hearts and minds. Its an honor to share in that journey as a PA and if you’re thinking of cosmetic surgery– go for it! Drop a comment or contact me with your burning cosmetic surgery questions!

Up next- Breast reconstruction! Stay tuned 🙂

 

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